Operations Bioinformatics Sr. Associate Scientist

Quest Diagnostics
Job Location
Chantilly, VA

Comprehensive benefits package

Job Description

The Operations Bioinformatics Scientist is responsible for operational support of a standardized next generation sequencing (NGS) pipeline and other software platforms for monitoring, analysis, integration, storage, update, validation, standard operating procedure updates, participating in QA activities, and reporting of complex data sets derived from NGS within a CLIA-accredited Clinical Laboratory.  

Job Accountabilities:

  1. Act as the first point of contact to resolve operational issues connected to NGS programs, data processing, networking, compute, and storage infrastructure used for NGS.
  2. Support the standardized next generation sequencing (NGS) pipeline and other software platforms for the analysis, integration, storage and reporting of complex data sets derived from next generation sequencing within Quest’s CLIA-accredited Clinical Laboratory.
  3. Implement hardware, software, and 5S and Six Sigma processes to increase the operational efficiency, automation, data quality and usability of the NGS laboratory. Work with laboratory directors, operations managers, and medical technologists, IT Department, and Genomics Core group to improve the accuracy and usefulness of clinical and research data, and to validate new software tools for improved analysis, integration, storage and reporting of complex data sets.
  4. Generate and assist in the generation of documents meeting the requirements of Quest’s Quality Assurance and document control policies, including internal QA reports, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and release notes.
  5. Monitor and assist IT, Corporate Linux resources, and the Genomic Core Bioinformatics staff on the acquisition, setup, maintenance, and support of storage, compute and networking infrastructure required for NGS. Work with Genomics Core on process and performance improvement, including benchmarking and monitoring of network, disk I/O, and computational utilization to identify bottlenecks and recommend solutions to address issues arising in the operation.
  6. Support new methodologies and tools for the effective data mining of complex data sets on the current laboratory information system (LIS; e.g. Tandem and QLS) and Quest Insight database.


Job Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Bioinformatics, Biology, Computer Science, or related field is required.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  3. 2 years experience relational database design and/or support; T-SQL/PL-SQL programming experience
  4. 2 years experience Java web application programming/CSS/HTML5 experience
  5. Proficiency with Python and Perl preferred.
  6. Experience with bioinformatics software/packages (SAMtools, GATK, bwa, IGV, etc) strongly preferred.
  7. Proficiency in the use of Linux/Unix command line/scripting desired.
  8. Knowledge of human genomics and molecular biology a plus
How to Apply

Please send your resume to Jessica L. Hicks, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, at jhicks@ameripath.com .


About Our Organization

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX) is the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services needed to make better healthcare decisions. We offer the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through our network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provide interpretive consultation through our extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. 


At a Glance

  • Generated 2014 revenues of approximately $7.4 billion
  • Publicly trades common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DGX). More in Investor Relations
  • Ranks as a component of the Standard & Poor's 500
  • Touches the lives of 30 percent of American adults each year
  • Serves about half of the physicians and hospitals in the U.S.
  • Engages workforce of about 45,000 employees dedicated to putting patients first every day
  • Operates more than 2,200 patient service centers
  • A medical and scientific staff of more than 700 M.D.s and Ph.D.s.
  • Strong logistics capabilities, including approximately 3,000 courier vehicles and 20 aircraft that collectively make tens of thousands of stops daily
  • Offers physicians a test menu that is industry leading in breadth and innovation. Our test menu ranges from routine biological tests to complex and specialized molecular and gene-based testing as well as anatomic pathology
  • Provides broad range of solutions for employers, including workplace drug testing for employers and government agencies; the BluePrint for Wellness employee wellness service; and risk assessment services for the life insurance industry
  • Publishes original research in peer reviewed publications, at medical and scientific conferences, and as a public service. Quest Diagnostics Health Trends reports examine trends in conditions and diseases based on the company’s database of 20 billion test results from the last decade. Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI) reports examine trends in workplace drug testing, and have been considered a benchmark for U.S. workforce drug positivity trends since 1988
  • In addition to the U.S., Quest Diagnostics operates clinical laboratories in laboratory facilities in Gurgaon, India; Heston, England; Mexico City, Mexico; and San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Named to Fortune Magazine's 2015 "World's Most Admired Companies" list in the Health Care industry category of "Pharmacy and Other Services"
  • Ranked 364 on Fortune magazine’s Fortune 500 list for 2014
  • Ranked 1089 on the Forbes Global 2000 for 2014
  • Ranked 411 in the “Barron’s 500” ranking of top-performing large companies for 2014
  • Named a member of the Dow Jones® Sustainability World and North America indexes since 2004 (DJSI World) and 2005 (DJSI North America). The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index represents the top 10% of the leading sustainability companies out of the biggest 2,500 companies in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index
  • Quest Diagnostics earned a place on the annual Newsweek Green Rankings, for the fourth consecutive year, placing 112 on the 2014 U.S. list
  • Consistently named one of the best places to work in U.S. business journal rankings
  • Achieved Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation from the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, recognizing our important actions to reduce the cancer risk of employees and their families

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